Learning Center
Plans & pricing Sign in
Sign Out

beat INL the US Department of State


                                                                                                                                                                                  United States Department of State
                                                                                                                                                                                  International Narcotics &
                                                                                                                                                                                  Law Enforcement Affairs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Fall 2009

 Supt. Joseph Myvette; Asst. Supt. Simon Alvarez; Asst.       Nicaraguan National Police and school officials readying INL-donated visual aids.
 Supt. Joachim Sabal; Inspectors Alton Alvarez; Bert
 Bowden; Cristobal Valerio; Andrew Ramirez; and Alden         Educational Program in Nicaragua Aims to
 Dawson were selected to participate in the course.
                                                              Curb Drug Use
 Eight Belizean
 Policemen in the U.S.                                        T     he Bureau of International Narcotics
                                                                    and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)
                                                              and the United States Embassy Managua
                                                                                                                         to add a visual component to the learning
 for Advanced Training                                        are working to expand a national pre-
                                                                                                                         INL and the U.S. Embassy Managua have
                                                                                                                         helped facilitate access to the critical
 T     he Bureau of International Narcotics
       and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)
 sponsored eight Belizean police officers to
                                                              school education program by facilitating
                                                              access to critical learning materials which
                                                                                                                         visual aid materials needed to run the
                                                                                                                         program so that “Segundo Paso” could
                                                              could help reduce that country’s demand                    expand into new areas of the country and
 study at the International Law Enforce-                      for illicit narcotics.                                     benefit a greater number of children.
 ment Academy in Roswell, New Mexico
                                                              The “Segundo Paso” Program, which is                       The program, which costs around $10,000
 from September 14–October 9, 2009.
                                                              part of the Merida Initiative, aims to curb                a year, benefited approximately 500 chil-
 The Belizean officers joined officers from
                                                              destructive behavior and drug use in Nica-                 dren in 2008 and is expected to grow to
 Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and
                                                              ragua by addressing some of the emotional                  about 900 beneficiaries over the course of
 Panama for the training session. This is
                                                              issues faced by young people. To relate to                 the current year. 
 the fourth time the Department of State,                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Above: President Obama greets a Mexican training program participant accompanied by Prime Minister Stephen
                                                              its young audience, the program uses pup-                                                                                                                                                     Harper of Canada (middle, behind) and President Felipe Calderon of Mexico (right, behind).
 through the Merida Initiative, has sent
                                                              pets, video programs, and other materials                                                                                                                                                     Left: Recognition ceremony for Mexican Federal Police training; from left to right: Prime Minister Steven Harper;
 participants from the Government of Be-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            President Felipe Calderon; President Barack Obama; and U.S. Embassy Narcotics Affairs Section Director Keith
 lize to attend ILEA training in 2009.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mines, originally from Aurora, Colorado.
 The officers attended the Advanced Man-                      U.S. Delivers Police Vehicles to the Lebanese
 agement Course which is designed for law                     Internal Security Forces                                                                                                                                                                      North American Leaders Recognize
 enforcement personnel who are designated
 by their government as having responsibil-                   O     n July 1, 2009 the Bureau of Inter-
                                                                    national Narcotics and Law Enforce-
                                                                                                                         These vehicles are in addition to 60 police
                                                                                                                         sport utility vehicles and 360 police cars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Merida Initiative Police Training
 ity for vital areas of national security. The
 challenging course focused on six areas,
 including: leadership; criminal justice
                                                              ment Affairs (INL) and the U.S. Embassy
                                                              Beirut turned over 120 Dodge Charger
                                                              vehicles equipped with sirens and police
                                                                                                                         that have been provided to the Lebanese
                                                                                                                         Internal Security Forces in the past two
                                                                                                                         years. Together this assistance will help
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            O     n August 10, as part of the North
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  American Leaders Summit, President
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Obama, President Calderon of Mexico,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           pating in training, with 73 instructors from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           U.S. federal agencies, the Chicago Police
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Department, Harris County Texas Sheriffs
 in global crime issues; terrorist threats;                   lights to the Lebanese Internal Security                   the ISF to expand policing operations                                                                                              and Prime Minister Harper of Canada par-                       Department, Royal Canadian Mounted
 technology; managing law enforcement                         Forces (ISF). The vehicles were officially                 throughout the country, and to protect                                                                                             ticipated in a ceremony with a representa-                     Police, and other international partners.
 organizations; and crisis management.                       transferred to the ISF during a ceremony                   the Lebanese people. These cars will be                                                                                            tive group of students and instructors from                    Included in this effort is training for a
                                                              in Beirut that was attended by Assistant                   used for traffic investigations and incident              INSIDE                                                                   the Mexico Federal Police Investigator                         cadre of Mexican instructors for sustained
                                                              Secretary of State of the Bureau of Inter-                 response operations throughout Lebanon.                                                                                            training program in San Luis Potosi. The                       future training of not just Federal, but
                                                                                                                                                                                   INL Costa Rica Refurbishes Interceptor
                                                              national Narcotics and Law Enforcement                     This delivery is part of a larger INL initia-             Boats............................................................... 2   Bureau of International Narcotics and                          hopefully Mexican state and municipal
 For further information, visit:                              Affairs, David Johnson, U.S. Ambassador                                                                                                                                                       Law Enforcement Affairs and the Narcot-                        police as well.
                                                                                                                         tive to assist legitimate, professional law               Integrated Effort in Colombia Brings Rural                                          to Lebanon, Michele Sison, and the Leba-                   enforcement institutions in Lebanon and                                                                                            ics Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy                        In Guadalajara, President Obama greeted
                                                                                                                                                                                   Tumaco Communities “COMFORT” ............ 2
                                                              nese Minister of Interior, Ziad Baroud.                    is a symbol of U.S. support for the ISF, the                                                                                       Mexico City have organized an ambi-                            students and instructors, including Detec-
 United States Department of State                                                                                                                                                 New Network Operations Center for                                        tious effort to train 9,000 Federal Police
                                                                                                                         Lebanese government, and the citizens                                                                                                                                                             tive Oscar Seledon of Chicago Police
 Bureau of International Narcotics & Law                                                                                                                                           Global INL ..................................................... 2       investigators by the end of the year. The
                                                                                                                         of Lebanon. This assistance, which has                                                                                                                                                            Department, from the Merida Initiative
 Enforcement Affairs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        U.S.-led portion of training commenced
                                                                                                                         included training for over 2,400 ISF offi-                A Profile in Courage ...................................... 2                                                                           police investigator training course being
 2201 C Street, NW, Room 7333                                                                                                                                                                                                                               on July 20 at San Luis Potosi, and there                       conducted at the federal police training
                                                                                                                         cers and the refurbishment of ISF training                Personnel Highlights ...................................... 2
 Washington, D.C. 20006                                                                                                  facilities, will contribute to supporting a                                                                                        are now more than 1300 students partici-                       academy in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. 

 202-736-4885                                                                                                            Lebanese Internal Security Force capable                  Eight Belizian Police in the U.S. for Training. 4
                                                                                                                         of protecting Lebanon’s territory and                                                                                                       INL and the U.S. Embassy Mexico City have organized
                                                                                                                                                                                   Educational Program in Nicaragua Aims to
 Released October 2009                                                                                                   sovereignty.                                                                                                                                  an ambitious effort to train 9,000 Federal Police

                                                                                                                                                                                   Curb Drug Use ............................................... 3

                                                                                                                         INL provided Dodge Charger police cruisers await          U.S. Delivers Police Vehicles to the Lebanese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              investigators by the end of the year.
                                                                                                                         deployment with the Lebanese Internal Security Forces.    Internal Security Forces ................................. 4

  beat                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fall 2009

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Personnel Highlights
INL Costa Rica                                                                                                                                                                                                                        INL Officer Wins Prestigious Annual               extraordinary contributions made by one
Refurbishes                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Boren Alumni Award                                Boren Scholar and one Boren Fellow each
Interceptor Boats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      O      n August 21st the National Security        year with these awards.

I  n 2001, the Bureau of International                                                                                                                                                                                                       Education Program (NSEP) announced         Coast Guard Liaison Honored at State
   Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs’                                                                                                                                                                                             its 3rd Annual NSEP Boren Alumni Award            Department Award Ceremony
office in the U.S. Embassy San Jose donated
a 30-foot interceptor boat, dubbed “Scor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      winners, including Tamara Crouse of Little-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ton, Colorado as the 2009 Sol Linowitz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Award winner.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        T     he Bureau of International Narcotics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and Coast Guard Chief of Operations for
pion 8,” to the Costa Rican Coast Guard
(SNGC). While the boat has performed well                                                                                                                                                                                             The Sol Linowitz Award was named in honor         International Affairs recognized Com-
for the Coast Guard in the years since, it                                                                                                                                                                                            of Ambassador Sol Linowitz. Ambassador            mander Phil Welzant of Crofton, Mary-
was in need of a major overhaul to ensure        Left: A young girl suffering from burns in a cooking accident awaits medical treatment from the crew of the USS Comfort.   High Point (NC) Police Patrolman Ken Leonard taking the   Linowitz was trained as a lawyer and became       land for his efforts during his three-year
                                                 Right: Colombian National Police and patients outside a medical clinic in Boco Tomo.                                       department physical agility test—and passing.             the General Counsel, and later Chairman of        assignment as Coast Guard Liaison to
continued quality service.
In March of 2009, Political/Narcotics Affairs    Integrated Effort in Colombia Brings Rural                                                                                 A Profile in Courage                                      the Board of the Xerox Corporation. Presi-        Department of State. CDR Welzant coor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      dent Lyndon Johnson appointed Mr. Linow-          dinated over 150 Maritime Operational
                                                 Tumaco Communities “COMFORT”
Officer Robert Andrew of Chico, California                                                                                                                                     nternational Police Advisor Ken Leonard
and U.S. Navy Senior Chief Alberto Rios                                                                                                                                                                                               itz as Ambassador to the Organization of          Threat Response (MOTR) cases, includ-

                                                 I  n June 2009, the Bureau of Interna-                         villages were able to send around 300                          had been serving in the Bureau of Interna-                                                               ing counter drug, migrant, piracy, fisher-
teamed-up to budget and plan the repairs                                                                                                                                                                                              American States in 1966. He later served as a
                                                    tional Narcotics and Law Enforcement                        people to Tumaco for medical attention                      tional Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs’                                                               ies, and environmental response, and
and refit of this vessel together with SNGC                                                                                                                                                                                           co-negotiator for the Panama Canal Treaties,
                                                 Affairs (INL) supported a week-long op-                        with the help of USAID-provided fuel and                    (INL) Iraq Mission for 16 months when his                                                                   was the U. S. Government’s designated
maintenance technicians. Supporting with a                                                                                                                                                                                            and from 1979-1981 as President Carter’s
                                                 eration by the Colombian National Police                       INL-funded boat captains.                                   convoy was struck by an Improvised Explo-                                                                   Competent Authority for United Nations
budget of approximately $3000, the inboard                                                                                                                                                                                            personal representative to the Middle East
                                                 to evacuate hundreds of patients from                                                                                      sive Device near Baghdad. He lost both of his                                                               Article 17 boarding requests from foreign
motors of “Scorpion 8”were replaced with                                                                        In another remote USAID-supported                                                                                     Peace Negotiations.
                                                 remote areas so that they could receive                                                                                    lower legs in that explosion on December 30,                                                                nations. Commander Welzant was recog-
two outboard Yamaha 200 engines – the refit                                                                     area of Bajo Mira, the Colombian Na-                                                                                  This year’s winner, Tamara Crouse was
                                                 adequate medical care.                                                                                                     2005. After several operations and 15 months                                                                nized for his contribution to several sig-
paid with INL funds and the engines coming                                                                      tional Police set up a clinic in Boco Tomo.                                                                           awarded a Boren Fellowship in 2003 to study
                                                                                                                                                                            of physical therapy with two prosthetic legs,                                                               nificant initiatives including the United
from Costa Rican seized narco-organization       Working in conjunction with USAID and                          Through the help of a locally employed                                                                                Uyghur in China. She earned a Master’s
                                                                                                                                                                            Ken was ready to go back to work. Back to                                                                   Nation’s Security Council resolution on
assets. The Costa Rican maintenance tech-        the U.S. Military Assistance Group, INL                        INL medic, patients were examined so                                                                                  degree in Global Studies from the University
                                                                                                                                                                            work meant the High Point, North Carolina                                                                   Piracy, the MOTR response to attack on
nicians are most familiar with repairing and     supported the Colombian National Police                        that those with severe injuries could be                                                                              of Denver in 2004. She has shown an out-
                                                                                                                                                                            Police Department. Although many doubted                                                                    the U. S. flagged MAERSK ALABAMA,
servicing Yamaha engines, and thus will be       in transporting hundreds of patients from                      shuttled to the better equipped facility in                                                                           standing commitment to serving our country
                                                                                                                                                                            that a former police officer missing his lower                                                              coordination of dialog that led to con-
able to provide better maintenance for this      remote areas of the Tumaco municipality                        Tumaco. Ailments treated ranged from                                                                                  through her work as an Intelligence Specialist
                                                                                                                                                                            legs could return to the department, the                                                                    tinued collaboration between the U. S.
vessel ensuring that its operational readiness   in order to receive treatment by the crew                      vision loss among the elderly to children                                                                             within the U.S. Navy Reserve and as a Foreign
                                                                                                                                                                            Chief of Police told Ken that if he could pass                                                              Coast Guard and Russian Border Guard,
rate will be higher than before.                 of the United States naval vessel “USS                         burnt in cooking accidents. One young                                                                                 Affairs Officer within the Bureau of Interna-
                                                                                                                                                                            the physical agility test, he could once again                                                              and enabling training opportunities for
                                                 Comfort,” which was visiting the region.                       girl, suffering from a particularly debilitat-                                                                        tional Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
Particularly rough sea conditions on Costa                                                                                                                                  become a patrolman.                                                                                         naval counterparts of the People’s Re-
                                                 The operation is part of a broader effort                      ing hand injury, was referred for surgery on                                                                          (INL). Ms. Crouse started with the Depart-
Rica’s Pacific Coast pound interceptors,                                                                                                                                    Ken took the test—and failed. He failed not                                                                 public of China. In addition to his duties
                                                 by the Colombian government to bring                           the “USS Comfort”.                                                                                                    ment of State in October 2006, and currently
requiring regular hull repair and mainte-                                                                                                                                   because he wasn’t fit enough to pass, but                                                                   at the State Department, Commander
                                                 security and economic opportunities to                         The ship visit provided a valuable oppor-                                                                             covers Peru and Ecuador with INL.
nance. Therefore, long overdue hull repairs                                                                                                                                 because his prosthetic legs would get caught on                                                             Welzant played a pivotal role coordinat-
                                                 areas of the country most heavily affected                     tunity for the Colombian police to make
were also performed on “Scorpion 8” that                                                                                                                                    the corrugated grooves of the pipe he had to              NSEP has awarded more than 3,500 scholar-         ing the International Affairs Work Group
                                                 by drug trafficking. In all, over 800 people                   inroads in communities where security and
will enable the vessel to be fully sea-worthy                                                                                                                               crawl through. Not discouraged, Ken was fitted            ships and fellowships to U.S. students to study   to help shape the future of Coast Guard
                                                 received medical treatment.                                    social services are rare. INL is involved in
once again.                                                                                                                                                                 with new and more streamlined prosthetics                 languages and cultures of the world that            international engagement. CDR Wel-
                                                 The communities of Guayacana, Cajapi,                          other outreach opportunities in Tumaco,                                                                               are less frequently studied, but critical
Sr. Chief Rios, an experienced sailor with                                                                                                                                  and once again took the test. With the cheers                                                                    zant was awarded the Meritorious
                                                 and Descolgadera were chosen by the                            such as coordinating with the recently                                                                                to U.S. national security. NSEP is
great knowledge of small boats and their re-                                                                                                                                and applause of his fellow police officers, Ken                                                                    Service Medal by the Coast Guard
                                                 local Colombian National Police com-                           opened Justice House, supported by                                                                                    unique in the commitment of its
pair, provided expert analysis and assistance                                                                                                                               successfully passed the physical agility test on                                                                   and Meritorious Honor Award
                                                 mander after three other USAID-support-                        USAID, and continues to encourage regu-                                                                               award recipients to pursue public
to the SGNC and the INL office throughout                                                                                                                                   July 19, 2007, and has been serving honor-                                                                         from the Department of State. 
                                                 ed communities withdrew out of fear of                         lar police visits to these remote areas.                                                                             service, and pays tribute to the
the refit of “Scorpion 8.” With the possibil-                                                                                                                               ably as a patrolman with the High Point Police
                                                 FARC rebel reprisals. However, even these
ity of further maritime interdiction funds                                                                                                                                  Department since. 
coming to Costa Rica, U.S. Embassy San Jose
anticipates being able to refit another previ-   New Network Operations Center for Global INL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Left: INL Foreign Affairs
ous donated interceptor soon. 
                                                                                                                                                                                       The new NOC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Officer Tamara Crouse is
                                                       fter two years of planning and                           GINL is primarily used to enable official                                                                             the 2009 Sol Linowitz
                                                       construction, the Bureau of Inter-                       INL communications and business. Core                               improves GINL’s IT                                Award winner.
                                                 national Narcotics and Law Enforcement                         services include: Internet, intranet, email,                                                                          Right: USCG Com-
                                                 Affairs (INL), officially opened its new                       voice-over-Internet and cell, custom busi-                          and communications                                mander Phil Welzant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      was awarded the
                                                 Global INL (GINL) Network Operations                           ness applications, and other IT/communi-                           capacity and increases                             Meritorious Service
                                                 Center (NOC), in Melbourne, Florida,                           cations services. More INL users around                                                                               Medal by the Coast
                                                 in a ribbon-cutting dedication held on                         the world in need of mobile and secure IT/
                                                                                                                                                                                    information security                              Guard and Meritori-
                                                 August 7, 2009. The new NOC improves                           Communications services will be support-                               and assurance                                  ous Honor Award from

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Department of State.
                                                 GINL IT and communications capacity
                                                       ’s                                                       ed as IM Division leaders anticipate that                                protections.
                                                 and increases information security and                                                  ’s
                                                                                                                over the next year GINL scope will grow
                                                 assurance protections.                                         to 11 countries and over 100 sites. 

                                                  2                                                                                                                                                                                                                             3

To top